- Brand Name: Sparkle Computer
- Model Number: SFPC84GS256U2LP
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Graphics Coprocessor: NVIDIA
- Graphics Card Ram: 256.0 MB
Sparkle GeForce 8400GS 256 MB DDR3 PCI with Native HDMI Graphics Card SFPC84GS256U2LP
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- PCI bus design
- Ultra Silent Cooling System
- 40nm Processor Technology
- Advanced cooler design, High performance, Low RPM cooler
- Low profile design
- Native HDMI & HDMI 1.3a support
- integrated Audio for HDMI
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Since the computer was only used for email, looking at pictures, and general surfing, I figured that by adding more RAM and upgrading the graphics card, the machine's service life could be extended by several years. With a long-term solution in mind, I went with a fanless card since it's entirely maintenance-free. Also, I went with the 256MB over the 512MB/1GB models since there was no added benefit in my application. Overall, the card's been perfect and installed without any drama ~ basically I uninstalled the existing display drivers, popped in the new card, and installed the nVidia drivers.
For the more technical minded:
1) The 8400GS GPU is natively PCIe, so for these PCI editions, a bridge chip is employed. This bridge chip presents itself as a first generation PCIe x1 connection, but that is already more bandwidth than what the PCI bus will carry. What this means is that the PCI 8400GS is actually bottlenecked by the PCI bus and will have measurably inferior performance when compared to the PCIe version. (This also implies that getting a much more powerful GPU for the PCI bus is overkill since it will also be bottlenecked!)
2) There are actually two versions of the 8400GS: there is the original G86 version which has been discontinued, and the current G98. The G86 has 16 SP's for dramatically better 3D performance but has limited HD video acceleration support.Read more ›
The other life-saving purpose of this is to use to boot a machine that has non-specific video problems. Since nearly all motherboards have a PCI slot, including a high percentage of new designs, you can use this to get workable video for troubleshooting purposes.
The icing on the cake is the HDMI output, allowing you to display whatever is going on in your ancient machine on your 70" Samsung.
Technically, installation is a breeze. Nvidia is particularly good at supporting older hardware like this with its Unified Driver. I had no problems displaying BIOS setup or configuring it for Windows 7.
It can decode full HD (h264 1920x1080@24Hz) with subtitles.
HDMI audio supports up to 7.1 channels of uncompressed audio.
It can NOT handle 16 reference frames.
Underscans (adds black borders all around) by default on the HDMI out (had to adjust this in the driver settings).
It was $15 more when I bought it a week and a half ago :(
It came with an S-Video cable... this card can't even use that!
This effectively turned an old HP with a 2.2GHz Celeron into a HTPC... with limitations... It can't handle 16 reference frames, but it can handle 8.
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I bought a new monitor for an old computer. The PC didn't know how to display a wide screen picture. This solved the problem and now I get a19 inch wide screen display. Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by K. Roeder
We had an old Dell 2400 that only have motherboard graphics, so it couldn't play some of the games my kids wanted to play. I got this card that really helped. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Digital Camera Guy
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I hate giving this product 2 stars because for the most part it works. But, when the seller decided to sell this product, they had to know that people like me would expect this to... Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by Alexander Wheaten
Works great, nice to have an updated vid card for an old pci computer that works without having to upgrade the power supply (note: 526 meg card needs beefier power supply), install... Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by Rick
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This is a good solid little graphics adapter. I have it installed in a Dell Dimension 2400 which has no AGP graphics slot, making it necessary to use a PCI installation. Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by Hoken